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Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1352066 Sat Mar 28 2020 12:53 PM
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Unless the truck is close to home, it would not be a good idea to drive it home unless you have good consistent brake pedal. It is not worth it.

Ed


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Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1352075 Sat Mar 28 2020 02:11 PM
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Nice looking truck from the angled pic. Id be all over it, i priced right of course. I guess you bought it? Or are you really bugging the current owner? Ha

Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1352076 Sat Mar 28 2020 02:14 PM
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Just watch the short video. Congrats.. i think you got something pretty sweet there. thumbs_up

Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1352078 Sat Mar 28 2020 02:23 PM
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That is a good looking truck. I think there are good times ahead! Congratulations!


1951 GMC 1 Ton Flatbed -- It is finally on the road and what a great time I have driving it!
1951 1 Ton Completed


My Chevy Master 4 Door is on the Road!
Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
EdPruss #1352082 Sat Mar 28 2020 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by EdPruss
Unless the truck is close to home, it would not be a good idea to drive it home unless you have good consistent brake pedal. It is not worth it.

Ed

It's close, and all farm roads. I got it to build good brake pressure with a firm pedal, but I'm going to do a short test drive with it before committing to the whole drive back. I've got friends who move tractors around all the time, so I'm sure i could get them to put it on a flatbed and tow it back if it feels unsafe.

Chomping at the bit to hear from the seller they got the replacement title from the state. Patience, I hear, is a virtue :-P

Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1352093 Sat Mar 28 2020 03:31 PM
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If a transporter is available, I'd be very reluctant to try to drive it home. That truck is too nice to risk ending up in a wreck from a sudden brake failure, steering problems, etc. or even a blown-out tire. The cost of paying for a tow might be cheap insurance, especially if another vehicle was involved in an accident. I won't venture out on the road with any vehicle that's not properly licenced and insured. Having a brother who's a legal beagle has opened my eyes to just how sleazy some of those guys can be!
Jerry


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Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1354068 Wed Apr 08 2020 07:17 PM
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Well, I like to live life on the edge.. I drove it home this past weekend. I hear COVID is going to kill me anyway ohwell Got started cleaning out the years of mouse colonies, etc. Started a build thread. It's definitely going to be some work, but having gotten my hands a bit dirty with it, I don't think it's going to be all that bad. While rusty, most fasteners I've tested still move freely. I kind of dread pulling the drums, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Can anyone tell me if these wheels are one piece or not? I can't find a split or retaining ring or anything in them anywhere. Even though they appear to be one piece to me, I took proper safety precautions and wrapped chain around them and filled from several feet away just in case.

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Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1354089 Wed Apr 08 2020 09:14 PM
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Look like 2-piece to me. Are those the kind they called "Safety Rims"? Or were those some other kind.

Last edited by Wally / Montana; Wed Apr 08 2020 09:16 PM.

1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet

28 Years of Daily Driving. Now with a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
BLSully #1354216 Thu Apr 09 2020 04:43 PM
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You in S WI? Perhaps your truck was made in Janesville.


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet

28 Years of Daily Driving. Now with a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Re: 54 3600 Dually. What am I getting myself into?
Wally / Montana #1354243 Thu Apr 09 2020 07:00 PM
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That would be interesting. I have the engine/frame numbers if that helps figure out build locations. Live about an hour from Janesville, didn't know Chevrolet ever made vehicles there. I drive past the Chrysler plant in Belvedere, IL pretty regularly (along I90)

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